Ravens Draft: Potential first round picks by position

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 02: Derwin James
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 02: Derwin James /
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There is always a ton of speculation on how teams will spend their first round draft pick. Should they take the best player available, or should they strictly address the biggest needs of the roster? These are the questions that the Ravens’ front office will be faced with in just under a month from now when the 2018 NFL Draft kicks off on April 26th.

As usual, there are plenty of varying opinions on what the Baltimore Ravens should do with their first round pick. Many believe they should still address the wide receiver position, further strengthening a group that has been revamped thus far by the signings of Michael Crabtree and John Brown. After missing out on tight end Eric Ebron, it’s also fair to wonder if the Ravens have a first round grade on any of the draft’s tight ends.

While it should be an offensive-heavy draft for the Ravens, if a top defensive prospect like Derwin James falls to them at #16, can we expect them to pull the trigger? Depending on how the board falls in the first ten picks, the Ravens may even be better off trying to trade back. There are arguments that can be made for all of these potential outcomes.

There are many different directions the Ravens could go in the first round of the draft, and I don’t think we can rule out any position (even defensive tackle). Let’s take a look at a player at each position that the Ravens could take with the 16th overall pick.